5 Seattle Seahawks Players Who Will Get New Contracts After Big Super Bowl Performances

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5 Players Who Will Get New Contracts After Big Super Bowl Performances

Super Bowl
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Much of the talk you’re going to hear about the Seattle Seahawks after their big win in the Super Bowl will center around how they built such a deep, well-rounded team. Sure, the Seattle front office deserves plenty of praise for how they put the squad together, but the reality is they lucked into several players who vastly outperformed their contracts.

Seattle, especially on the defense, got major contributions from players who are either still on rookie deals or who were undervalued when the Seahawks signed them. Head coach Pete Carroll and the rest of the staff have done a great job getting the most out of them, and the main takeaway from the Seattle win should be that in order to win in the salary cap era you need to have cheaply paid players outperform their contracts.

Unfortunately for Seattle, we’ve seen this kind of thing happen to plenty of champions in the past. They have players who play better than they’re being paid, but after the win they suddenly wake up and realize what they’re worth. That leads to holdouts and bad blood in the locker room, two things that can kill the momentum that a team like Seattle has built.

Seattle will have some tough decisions this offseason, and the difficult thing going forward for the Seahawks will be keeping as much of this team together as possible. Unfortunately for them these five key players will be in line for big raises after their performance in the Super Bowl.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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5. Jermaine Kearse

Jermaine Kearse
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Former undrafted free agent wide receiver Jermaine Kearse has been one of the best surprises on the Seahawks this year. Expected to contribute a little on special teams, if at all, Kearse caught four balls for 65 yards and a beast mode-like touchdown as Seattle was rolling to the win on Sunday night.

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4. K.J. Wright

K.J. Wright
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Third-year linebacker K.J. Wright made plays all over the field on Sunday night. Fast, athletic and a sure tackler, Wright is exactly the kind of linebacker the league is looking for right now. Due to make only $645,000 next season and being an unrestricted free agent in 2015, his payday is only a matter of time.

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3. Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman
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Alright, I know Richard Sherman didn’t have a dominant day on Sunday, but that’s only because Peyton Manning was afraid of throwing anywhere near him. Sherman is the best cover corner in the league right now and counted only $1.4 million against the cap last year. He’s in line for a big payday — don’t be surprised to see a holdout in his near future.

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2. Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith
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Malcolm Smith, the MVP of the Super Bowl, made a base salary of just $645,000 last season. Sure, he will probably go down in history as a footnote to a game that was dominated by the defense as a whole, but he proved he’s worth more than that paltry amount.

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1. Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson
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A Super Bowl winning quarterback in only his second season who makes a laughable $662,000 a year right now? Yeah, I think Russell Wilson has a big raise in his future. The big question will be whether or not that raise comes from Seattle or if they decide to let him walk so they can keep the defense together.

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